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Indiana Archaeologist Unveils Columbus Period Cannons

Part of Exhibit at Children's Museum

An Indiana-based archaeologist says Christopher Columbus should always be remembered as a daring "visionary." 

Dr. Charles Beeker is celebrating a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  Beeker and others unveiled two, new Columbus-era wrought iron artillery cannons recently found along early trades routes established by Christopher Columbus. 

Beeker says the artifacts - which are being shown and preserved in a large water tank - are from some of the earliest European shipwrecks discovered in the Americas.  Beeker says the findings are very rare and they worked with the government of the Dominican Republic in securing the artifacts. 

Beeker is an archaeologist in residence at the Children's Museum and an IU professor.  He says though the Vikings arrived earlier, Columbus' arrival to the "new world" really put it on the map. 

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